Belfast Telegraph

Electronic tags to stay on badger baiting accused

A badger was torn to shreds by pit bull terrier dogs as a group of men cheered them on, the High Court has heard.

A prosecution lawyer said the attack on the badger came after it had been forced from its sett and was dazzled by a lamp before the dogs killed it in four minutes.

The lawyer made his claims during a hearing involving two east Belfast brothers, who have been charged following a police investigation into animal cruelty and illegal dog fighting.

Gary Kirkwood (18) and his 19-year-old brother Wayne, both from Island Street, were in court to seek changes to their bail conditions.

They are among six members of their family who have been charged in relation to the cruelty allegations, which surfaced after police viewed video footage on a phone of alleged animal |fights.

Two other men have been accused of a wide range of offences.

The Kirkwood brothers wanted electronic tags removed, but police objected, saying they believed they could reoffend. Their application was rejected.

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